I think it is pretty normal, actually. And even if it\’s not, it\’s completely valid and okay to feel bad, whenever it is you feel bad. However, I think it is likely other people feel depressed for many reasons around holidays. It can be stressful, there can be high expectations and fear of failure, seeing family can also be difficult for many reasons, and the weather gets dark and cold which can also play in. But, for whatever reason you\’re depressed – even if the reason is simply that you have depression – it\’s completely valid and legitimate in and of itself. Even if no one else in the world felt bad during the holidays, you\’re struggles would be real and important to take seriously. I hope things get better for you soon, and that you manage to get through the holidays safely. Take care.
Many people experience sadness when the holidays are over. PSometimes it hits them hard and seems to come out of the blue. If Im describing you, please dont be alarmed. This reaction to the end of the holiday season is not at all unusual. There are many reasons people get sad after the holidays.
PHere are some of them: P1. PPPWe tend to have our schedules filled with social events during the month of December, only to have virtually nothing on the calendar in the month of January. PSo, we go from being social butterflies to being homebodies. PIf you enjoyed and looked forward to socializing it most likely felt good and fulfilling to you. PGetting out and being with people may have helped you to feel wanted, loved, important. PYou may have had the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and/or reacquaint yourself with old ones. PA change in social calendar with a sudden lack of social events to go to can lead to, boredom and a feeling of isolation. 2. PPWe often spend time with family during the holidays. PAnd spending time with family can leave us with mixed feelings. PSometimes we feel let down by our interactions with familyPmembers and disappointed with the way they behaved towards us and/or treated us. PThis can lead to sadness and its own kind of mourning. POther times, we might experience tremendous joy at being with family members and then miss them terribly when they have gone home. 3.
P Holidays tend to bring up of those no longer with us, or those with whom we no longer have a relationship. The loss might be because of death, or distance. Holidays can make us feel like we\’re going through the mourning process all over again. 4. January is a dark, cold month where people tend to hibernate. PSo you may feel stuck at home. P Additionally, its a month that can bring lots of snow leading to cancellations and the inability to go out as often as you may want. 5. PPPIf you travelled or moved around a lot during the holidays, you may be tired now that they are over. P Fatigue can cause us to feel run down and bring on sadness. 6. PPYou may have taken days off from work and so had time to rest and relax and now are back to work every day. Taking time off means that work was not done and you may be left with a pile of work to get through that can seem overwhelming. 7. PPPYou may have overindulged in food and/or drink during the holidays and now when you get on the scale you feel, inadequate, and/or weak. 8.
PPPPerhaps youre disappointed by the holidays. PIt wasnt what you had hoped for and now feel let down that theyre over. Above are some of the reasons why the end of the holiday season may cause sadness, even in some. PBelow are some things you can do to help yourself: 1-PPPTake some of what you made you feel good during the holidays and continue them into the days and months after the holidays. PFor example, if you enjoyed having lots of plans and looked forward to being out with others, make sure you make some plans now. Invite people over; it doesnt have to be a formal event, you can just invite them to play games, watch a movie, or cook a meal with you. 2-PPPGo to the movies, theater, museums with other. PGet entertained. 3-PPP Start or continue your exercise routine. PThink about doing your exercise with someone else a couple of times during the week so you have company and someone to look forward to being with. 4-PPP If there were people you spent time with during the holidays that your really enjoyed and you dont often see them, make a plan with them.
PIts not necessary to wait for holidays to see the people you enjoy. P 5-PPP Dont beat yourself up if you gained weight. PIt doesnt mean anything other than that you gained weight. PIt doesnt mean youre weak, worthless or irresponsible. P Its never too late to get back on track with your eating plan. 6-PPP Have at least one thing planned in your week that you look forward to. 7-PPP Be kind to yourself with respect to any New Years Resolutions you may have made. PInstead of berating yourself for not sticking to your plan, make a plan that you can stick to. PPerhaps your resolution was unrealistic. PIts always better to make a goal thats attainable rather than one thats too far off the mark. 8-PPP Take care of your, including eating well, exercising and getting enough. If you cant shake the post holiday blues, take a look at the information on my website about depression, P If you feel you are depressed you may want to call a mental health professional to get some help. I wish you all a peaceful and healthy New Year.